The Last Days of Socrates Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. The people of his city felt that, for Socrates to have survived this battle, it must have taken a great deal of what?

2. Where was Socrates being prosecuted?

3. Which of the four dialogues is "The Apology"?

4. According to the conversation between Euthyphro and Socrates, what was the relationship between deities and mortals?

5. Which two figures, in Athenian mythology, are twin siblings?

Short Essay Questions

1. How educated was Socrates, and why?

2. Why is Euthyphro at the courthouse when Socrates is there?

3. Who are Apollo and Artemis?

4. What new habit do Socrates' friends discover in the "Phaedo"?

5. How were the four dialogues that were included in "The Last Days of Socrates" originally arranged?

6. In the context of the dialogue of the same name, what does "apology" mean?

7. What is the philosophical subject of Book 4?

8. What is the setting of Book 4?

9. Why was the Apollonian Oracle at Delphi created?

10. What does Socrates say about misanthropy and "mislogic"?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

Socrates spent a lot of time with his friends, but very little with his family, even on the day of his execution. Why do you think this was so? How much did Socrates have to talk about with his friends, versus with his family? Do you think it was right for him to spend so little time with them? Is it understandable/excusable? Why or why not? Be sure to cite specific examples from the text to support your thesis.

Essay Topic 2

Tarrant agrees with the conviction passed down by the Athenian authorities. Do you agree that Socrates was guilty? Why or why not? How do you feel about the fact that he was convicted with only 60 of 500 votes? Did he deserve the death penalty? Why or why not? What do you think would happen to Socrates if he lived today? Be sure to cite specific examples from the text to support your thesis.

Essay Topic 3

Socrates is still considered wise, more than 2000 years after his death. Why has he been nearly immortalized in the annals of history? Why is he considered so wise? Did his contemporaries feel the same way about him that modern philosophers do? Why or why not? Be sure to cite specific examples from the text to support your thesis.

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